Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (RLBIA), Basseterre, St. Kitts – The Republic of China (Taiwan) continues to affirm its collaboration with the St Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA), on modernizing the Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International Airport’s (RLBIA). Its latest donation was a 40’ flat screen television for the training facility at the RLBIA, on Friday 13th October 2017.
A short handing over ceremony was held at the Training Room at the RLBIA. In attendance were Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), His Excellency George Gow Wei Chiou and assistant, SCASPA’s Security Manager – Mr. Jervin Lapsley, Aviation Inspector – Mr. Joseph Taylor, Assistant Operations Officer – Mr. James Tyson, Human Resource Officer – Mrs. Inga Rogers and Public Relations Officer – Ms. Nordia Demming.
Brief remarks were given by Mr. Joseph Taylor who expressed appreciation for the Embassy’s swift response to the Authority’s request:-
“After the passing of two catastrophic hurricanes…as a result of leaks and other disturbances the television used for training was damaged and nonfunctional….we reached out to the ambassador’s assistant in request for any help they could have provided in this area. Later that day our request received a favorable response and now we are here today in receipt of a new television.”
Resident Ambassador His Excellency George Gow Wei Chiou, in presenting the television screen to SCASPA’s security department, emphasized the need for this equipment as it is a very important step to the overall development of an international airport:
“The airport for any country is viewed as its front gate. In St. Kitts and Nevis hundreds and sometimes thousands of visitors pass through the airport and so we thought how to make the airport not only luxurious but decent and operative…..today we are proud to see how the facility has been upgraded. That’s why this contribution is so important today as this television will be used for training here at SCASPA, which is vital as we believe in professionalism and training of the staff. So I am very happy to receive the offer of assistance and we were happy to provide assistance to SCASPA to make training better than before.”
The partnership between the Republic of China (Taiwan) and SCASPA is one that goes back to 2014 with the introduction of the Airport Renovation Project.
Over the past two years, the Embassy has assisted with the expansion and refurbishing of both the arrival and departure halls. This included retiling of the floors, restoration of restrooms, installation of the C.U.T.E. System (Common User Terminal Equipment) ready counters, air condition systems and new seating.
SCASPA looks forward to its continued partnership on enhancing the facilities at the RLB International Airport with the Republic of China (Taiwan), through its Resident Ambassador His Excellency George Gow Wei Chiou.